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Sealcoating: How to Preserve Asphalt Surfaces

Sealcoating: How to Preserve Asphalt Surfaces

Sealcoating: How To Preserve Asphalt Surfaces

Have you ever started to notice your asphalt pavement fading into a gray color? That is what can happen if you do not sealcoat. Sealcoating is an important step in the pavement preservation process. This task in the process is necessary to adding on years to the life of your surfaces and can drastically improve the quality and condition of your asphalt pavement.

Seal coating is the process of adding a protective layer to your asphalt pavement. This added layer of asphalt bitumen helps to protect the surface from oils, water, and U.V. damage. By being a cost effective maintenance project, this can really help down the road.

There are several reasons for the cracks in your surfaces. One of these reasons is because of the sun. The sun’s ultraviolet rays accelerate oxidation, making the asphalt brittle. Think of when the asphalt was installed. First, it was a beautiful rich black color. Now, it is more of a gray color – that’s oxidation. The sun is “cooking” the oils out of the flexible asphalt mix, leaving it dry and brittle. Brittle asphalt can crack, allowing water to enter the paved surface. When water from snow or rain seeps through the asphalt or concrete, it can create pools of water underneath, which lead to further cracking. Sealing protects the surface from damaging elements like: car fluids such as oil, gas or antifreeze, rain, snow, ice, and UV rays.

Asphalt sealer acts as a “sunscreen” to keep the oils in the mix and slow down the damage caused by the sun. It is also a good way to restore the new black look of the original asphalt installation.

Sealcoating: How To Preserve Asphalt Surfaces

  • If you do seal, apply after the new asphalt has cured for at least 6 to 12 months. 
  • Sealer should be applied to the manufacture’s specifications – typically this will be during the summer months. 
  • All cracks should be filled with asphaltic crack filler, prior to sealing 
  • The asphalt surface should be free of vegetation and debris
  • Potholes should be fixed
  • For the best coverage, the material should be applied with a squeegee 
  • Sand should be added to the sealer for slip resistance 
  • Sealing should only be needed every 3 years 

Now that you have read about all the benefits of sealcoating, are you ready to preserve your pavement? The pavement preservation pros at Byrne & Jones Construction are ready to help! Give us a call at (314) 254-9766 

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What are some different types of pavement damage?

What are some different types of pavement damage?

What are some different types of pavement damage?

CRACKING

Not all cracks are created equal…Block cracking occurs on the surface level and often results from using old or dry materials during installation. Slippage cracks appear wrinkled, as though the top layer of pavement is sliding off of the subbase – you may even see the two lifts separate. Fatigue cracking is typically caused by considerable flaws in multiple layers of pavement, resulting in the need for more substantial repair than surface-level cracks.

POTHOLES

Potholes are essentially places where damaged pavement has been left to degrade; cracks, patch failures, and other defects allow liquids to penetrate the pavement’s surface. When the liquid freezes and thaws, the cracks expand and worsen. Moisture in the rock and soils will “flex” under loads and cause the pavement to slowly degrade. Rutting or grade depressions also worsen over time, and they are caused by portions of pavement settling unevenly. These depressions can be spotted easily after rain when they become puddles. 

RAVELING AND PATCH FAILURES

Raveling is typically restricted to the surface of asphalt pavement, but it is almost always the result of problems during installation. Poor quality pavement, improperly mixed binders, and excessive temperature fluctuations contribute to unusually rapid surface deterioration known as raveling. Patch failures can either be due to an improperly installed patch or unusually harsh weather conditions. Fortunately, failed patches can often be replaced with another patch.

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5 Things to Consider When Selecting An Asphalt Paving Contractor

5 Things to Consider When Selecting An Asphalt Paving Contractor

5 Things to Consider When Selecting an Asphalt Paving Contractor

Most commercial property owners prefer asphalt paving, over concrete, due to its quick construction, price, strength, and simplicity to maintain. It is no wonder asphalt is considered the most appealing and cost-effective choice of pavement surfaces today.

But remember that there are plenty of factors that can affect the outcome of an asphalt paving project. When choosing the right asphalt paving contractor, opting for the lowest bid is not always the best move.

You must consider the following factors so you can make a well-informed decision.

1. Years of Experience and References

When selecting a commercial asphalt paving contractor, it is important to know how long they have been in business, and what type of projects they typically build or maintain. It is good to know what services they self-perform and what ones they sub out to other contractors. Those who can communicate in an informed way while delivering great examples of challenging projects are most likely the best partners for your asphalt paving project. In addition, it’s a good idea to get a list of their references, or a project list so you can better understand the type of jobs they typically do.

2. Material selection and thickness

Not all asphalt is created equal. Since most are recycled over and over again, asphalt has different grades, each with different percentages of the recycled material they contain. Low-quality asphalt can greatly affect the longevity and look of your pavement.

Make sure that the contractor you choose only makes use of high-grade asphalt as this contains less recycled materials. This will increase the life of the pavement while reducing maintenance cost.

Ask, where the company is getting their material and what type of material they are using on your project and why?

If your parking lot has truck traffic, it’s important the material thickness is appropriate for the vehicle weight. Make certain the proposal states how thick the asphalt material will be after compaction.

3. Equipment and number of paving crews

Scheduling of your project can be delayed by weather, number of crews, and quality of equipment the contractor has.

Check if the asphalt paving company has a sizable team. Generally, an efficient asphalt paving crew will have five to eight workers. Being understaffed can delay and affect the outcome of the project. The more paving crews one has, the better it is for you. They can schedule multiple projects and get to them faster.

The newer the equipment, the better the finished product – and less delays due to mechanical issues. An efficient asphalt paving contractor makes use of the most advanced paving machines to ensure a long-lasting, great-looking asphalt pavement.

Over time equipment will break down. Does the company have enough paving machines, rollers and trucks to account for this?

4. Scope of work

Some scope of work documents can be unclear. If you are getting bids from different paving contractors, a clear scope of work document will make it a lot easier for you to compare the bids of each service provider.

Choose a detailed, accurate scope of work that meets your needs as this lays the foundation for an effective, durable paving project.

Things to look for:

  • Total square yards or square feet
  • Total thickness of the asphalt after it is fully compacted
  • Is the area of construction or maintenance well defined?
  • Are the repair methods the same? Are they patching, or are they milling?Understand the scope and items they are proposing. – an inexpensive repair could mean fixing it twice.
  • Payment terms
  • Items that are excluded
  • How long will it take to complete? Number of days.

5. Insurance Coverage

Make certain you request to see that the company has insurance. They should give you their Certificate of insurance along with their bid or before they start the job. Always ask for it.

Warranty

A reputable contractor will stand by their work. Moreover, they make customer satisfaction their priority. A project warranty will ensure that the work is done to industry standards.

Warranties may vary depending on the project circumstances, so make sure to have all information in writing before the project starts. Asphalt installation experts may also provide tips to extend the life of your newly paved surface – follow their recommendations and your asphalt should last for several years.

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St. Louis Asphalt & Concrete Contractor Expands To Ohio

St. Louis Asphalt & Concrete Contractor Expands To Ohio

St. Louis Asphalt & Concrete Contractor Expands To Ohio

Ben Traetow Helps Expan Byrne & Jones Construction into Ohio

“Ben Traetow, a Delaware native, has been named market leader for the new office. He worked for the company in St. Louis for seven years after graduating from Ohio State University, before coming back here a year ago for another job. But the company reached out to him and brought him back into the fold.

“Columbus is a very (economical) market so it’s good from that standpoint,” Traetow said. “Compared to when we moved away in 2011, it’s wild. I think it’s a very forward thinking city, an eclectic city, and I think that makes it attractive to a lot of people.” –  (https://www.bizjournals.com/)

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Clayco Chooses Byrne & Jones For Parking Lot Construction

Clayco Chooses Byrne & Jones For Parking Lot Construction

Clayco Chooses Byrne & Jones For Parking Lot Construction

Byrne & Jones Construction – Parking Lot Professionals.

Most of us don’t think much about parking lots, or parking lot construction, until you step in a pothole, trip on a curb, or are forced to build a new one.

A leading design build, general contractor, from St. Louis was faced with the ladder.

Clayco Construction needed to remove, replace and redesign two of their parking lot at their world headquarters off of Page Ave. They knew there was one company who would be able to take care of their parking lot challenges – Byrne & Jones Construction.

Byrne & Jones Construction specializes in parking lot maintenance and construction; in St. Louis and the metro-east. Having been in business since 1976, Byrne & Jones has developed the reputation of being experts in the commercial asphalt and concrete paving world.

Byrne & Jones worked with Bates Forum Design and Clayco to build two environmentally friendly parking lots for their employees and visitors.

Clayco wanted to manage all storm water runoff by keeping it on site, and out of MSD’s storm drains. Bates Forum came up with a pervious design using porous pavers in the parking stalls. The pavers sit on 12 inches of clean rock which allows water to percolate through the pavers into the aggregate base and eventually back into the ground. There is a backup system which consists of a perched pipe to discharge the water into a bio-retention area if the water level gets too high.

If your parking lot is in need pothole patching, overlay, or new construction call the one company who specializes in everything outside the building, Byrne & Jones Construction.

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Byrne & Jones Rhino Pave Asphalt

Byrne & Jones Rhino Pave Asphalt

Benefits of Rhino Pave Asphalt – Extend the life of your asphalt by 50%

July 19, 2019

Rhino Pave℠ enables longer asphalt pavement life and is backed by a two-year warranty on all projects.

Anyone interested in dramatically extending the life of their next commercial asphalt paving project should immediately contact Byrne & Jones Construction and ask for Rhino Pave℠, the new, proprietary asphalt mix that has already been put to the test on several commercial applications as well as by St. Louis city, St. Louis County and the Missouri Department of Transportation.

Rhino Pave was designed, engineered and tested to extend the life of your asphalt overlay by more than 50%, offering tremendous savings on additional asphalt maintenance. Rhino Pave enhances crack and rut resistance, leading to increased asphalt durability and longevity, while significantly reducing life-cycle cost. That’s all made possible due to a special additive that gives Rhino Pave its extraordinary strength – a two-inch pass of Rhino Pave has the structural coefficient of a three-inch traditional asphalt mix.

Because of its extraordinary strength and ability to retard reflective cracking, Byrne & Jones is able to offer a two-year warranty on all Rhino Pave projects. Though it costs slightly more than traditional asphalt mixes, the long-term savings will dramatically offset the higher price of the mix.

Imagine the savings you can accrue if your asphalt overlays last more than twice as long as they used to! You’ll see significantly smaller cracks, fewer potholes and improved rutting resistance throughout the life of your asphalt pavement. That’s not just big savings and added peace-of-mind for you – it’s improved use with fewer inconveniences for anyone that drives on your asphalt surface!

Rhino Pave is just another example of how Byrne & Jones Construction is always looking for new means of pavement preservation. We’re totally committed to being your commercial asphalt paving partner. Contact Byrne & Jones today to get your next asphalt paving project quoted with Rhino Pave – it’s one tough treatment.

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